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Latin-America Guide

Life Sciences — Brazil


Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados - Life Sciences

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Beatriz Kestener, Rubens Granja and Fabio Alonso Vieira
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading team respected for its outstanding track record acting for major domestic and international companies from the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors on complex administrative and judicial dispute resolution proceedings. Extensive experience representing clients before the National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) and the Ministry of Health in regulatory issues. Actively provides counsel on product licensing, product liability, drug recall proceedings and the development of pricing strategies, with additional expertise advising on sensitive clinical trial issues.

Strengths Satisfied clients report: "The team truly understands the life sciences sector and the regulatory challenges we face as a company. Their lawyers are always available and deliver whatever I need swiftly and with outstanding quality."

Another source adds: "The firm's lawyers are highly qualified, up to date and dedicated to the objectives of the client. We chose them due to their great expertise in the life sciences sector related to the pharmaceutical industry."

Work highlights Advised Cardinal Health on regulatory matters related to its acquisition of a medical devices distribution company located in Brazil. This included both performing regulatory due diligences, and providing reports and risk assessments.

Significant clients Pfizer, Baxter, Roche, Baxalta, Kellogg.

Notable practitioners

Deeply respected founding partner Beatriz Kestener is a leading name in the market for her long-standing life sciences practice focused on the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. She has experience assisting clients with the setting up of operations in Brazil, product liability issues and drug recalls. Clients report: "She stands out for her expertise in the life sciences sector and her deep knowledge of the regulations and developments taking place within the pharmaceutical industry." They add: "She has an incredible legal knowledge of the sector and advises me on my most strategic issues."

Partner Rubens Granja is well regarded for his robust academic profile and specialises in regulatory law, product liability and tort litigation. Clients describe him as "an excellent and highly knowledgeable lawyer who provides us with great client service. So fully integrated is he within our company that we feel he is now a part of our team." They add: "He truly understands the regulations which govern the life sciences market."

Senior associate Marco Aurélio Torronteguy frequently assists domestic and international clients with life sciences issues related to food and drug products. He regularly advises major names from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and medical devices industries on drug recall procedures and clinical trial regulations. Interviewees consider him "an active and well-known life sciences practitioner."

Department profile by Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados

Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados (KGV Advogados) has pioneered work in the health, biotechnology, drug, food, agriculture and biodiversity areas, representing clients in all related sectors: pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology products, fresh and processed foods, food supplements, beverages, cosmetic and hygiene products, medical products, sanitary products, animal health and crop farming, including pesticides and fertilizers. The firm also advises many of the corresponding industry associations.

KGV’s Life Sciences team knowledge and hands-on approach, as well as its strong background on complex litigation and dispute resolution, make the team not only well known for, but also highly renowned for, representing clientes before Health Authorities and Brazilian Courts in complex administrative and judicial litigation, class actions and other high-level cases in Brazil.

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KGV’s Life Sciences team has international reach, specially with respect to (i) cross-border litigation; (ii) launch of business in Brazil (regulatory timeline for obtaining licenses and registrations); (iii) legal assessment for Latam and global offices of multinationals established in Brazil.


Licks Attorneys - Life Sciences

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced team noted for its expertise providing counsel on pharmaceutical patent and regulatory law. Well regarded for its excellent track record in complex sector-related litigation. The firm has offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre and Tokyo and routinely assists major national and international clients with strategic counsel, policy-making and IP prosecution services.

Strengths Clients confirm the team's strong background in the sector: "The firm has significant expertise and experience working with Brazilian pharmaceutical patent issues and regulatory law and fully understands how the pharmaceutical industry works in Brazil."

Other sources agree: "The team is made up of excellent lawyers who are well equipped to advise on complex disputes involving the pharmaceutical, regulatory and intellectual property sectors."

Work highlights Represented Novartis in a lawsuit against ANVISA and generic medication company EMS seeking to obtain copies of the administrative proceeding which authorised for generic copies of Diovan, one of the drugs manufactured by the client, to be commercialised. This case determined that ANVISA must notify R&D companies prior to the commercialisation of the generic versions of their drugs.

Significant clients Pharmaceutical Industries Syndicate of the State of São Paulo – Sindusfarma, Sanofi, Boehringer Ingelhelm, Astellas Pharma, Gilead Sciences.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Otto Licks is well known as a litigation specialist who has over 20 years' experience advising clients from the telecommunications, medical devices and information technology sectors in both IP and life sciences issues. He counsels on regulatory compliance, international patent issues and working before the regulatory agencies. Market sources describe him as "a leading lawyer for both patent and regulatory issues" and "a very combative litigator."

Eduardo Hallack is described by clients as "a very bright lawyer with a great understanding of business and knowledge of life sciences-related legislation." He has extensive experience in complex disputes and assisting multinationals with technology transfer agreements, pharmaceutical importing and litigation before the regulatory agencies.

Department profile by Licks Attorneys

Licks Attorneys is a Brazilian top tier law firm, recognized for successfully handling large and strategic litigation and counselling on Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Food & Drug, Regulatory, Internet Law, Data Privacy and Cyber Crime projects in the country.

Licks Attorney’s team, over the last years, has handled complex litigation, strategic counselling, policy making, IP prosecution and regulatory matters, representing and giving advice to global companies from different industries seeking to protect blockbusters and strategic interests in Brazil.

With offices in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Tokyo, the firm has the background, experience and technological capabilities to serve companies of all sizes.

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Licks’s team understands that the Brazilian and South American market is a difficult market to navigate, especially for foreign companies. In this regard, our team is constantly gathering top notch intelligence and organizing it in easy to understand material. We are able to provide you with the best information about Brazil and assist our clients in better understanding this part of the globe.

The firm has a number of foreign-trained attorneys and partners and a motivated multi-lingual team with the background and capabilities to advise companies of all sizes from across the globe.

Licks also has an Asian desk, completely qualified to provide the best support to Japanese companies. We currently have 5 personnel with Japanese and Mandarin language capabilities among our offices.

Offices: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.




Pinheiro Neto Advogados - Life Sciences

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Angela Fan Chi Kung
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Eminent full-service firm respected for the expertise of its life sciences team in health, biotechnology, biodiversity and related regulatory matters. Regularly assists clients from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and food industries with the licensing of products, clinical trials and technology transfer agreements. Admired strength in strategic administrative disputes, regulatory compliance and the supply, commercialisation and importation of medical products. Additionally well equipped to counsel on sector-related tax, IP and labour matters.

Strengths Sources report: "The firm's lawyers have remarkable knowledge of Brazilian regulatory law and of the medical devices sector. Their work is so thorough and their analysis so complete that I can often forward it worldwide without any amendments. It is one of the best life sciences firms in the country and there is no one else I would go to."

Work highlights Advised Pfizer on the definition of the corporate and tax regulatory structures for the reorganisation of its product portfolio into two separate legal entities.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Abbott Laboratories, Hospital Samaritano, Danone.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Angela Fan Chi Kung expertly advises clients on compliance and regulatory issues related to the food, drug and medical devices sectors. She is additionally noted for her extensive knowledge of clinical trials, technology transfer agreements and IP issues. Market sources praise her as "one of the best life sciences practitioners in Brazil, with a fantastic knowledge of regulatory law." They add: "She is a great lawyer with a truly excellent practice."

Counsel Camila Martino Parise is described by market sources as "a highly knowledgeable" and "dedicated lawyer" who is regularly involved in life science cases related to regulatory law, product registration and pricing strategies. Clients note: "She has notable expertise of the healthcare and medical devices sectors and remained available to us throughout the sale of our company."

Department profile by Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a multidisciplinary team specializing in the health, biotechnology, agriculture and biodiversity areas. The firm provides legal advice to biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical laboratories, the industries of medical products and equipment, food and food supplements, beverages, cosmetics, toiletries, animal health, seeds and defense of cultivars, biofuel companies, diagnosis clinics, hospitals, health professionals and commercial associations.

Our Life Sciences practice includes lawyers from several areas, who adopt a one-team approach to assist clients.

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A. Lopes Muniz - Life Sciences

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Marcos Lobo De Freitas Levy
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Compact team recognised for its strong focus on regulatory matters. Significant experience representing international pharmaceutical heavyweights in administrative proceedings and advising on regulatory compliance and the importation of products. Additional strength providing counsel on clinical study regulations.

Strengths Clients note: "The team provides us with both swift and accurate answers. We can always depend on their thorough evaluation of our cases. I would highlight their expertise, legal knowledge and reliability."

Significant clients Pfizer, Shire, Wyeth, Boehringer Ingelheim, Grünenthal.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Marcos Lobo De Freitas Levy is well regarded for his experience advising on regulatory issues related to the pharmaceutical, food supplements and medical devices sectors. He specialises in clinical studies, the licensing and advertising of products, supply and distribution agreements, and biotechnology regulations. Clients observe: "He draws on his deep legal knowledge and broad-ranging understanding of the pharmaceutical sector to handle our most complex mandates." They add: "He possesses an absolutely amazing knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry."

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Correia da Silva Advogados - Life Sciences

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Well-regarded life sciences practice, acknowledged in the market for its high degree of specialisation in governmental relations, regulatory and administrative law and for its representation of clients in the health sector.

Strengths Market sources say: "The firm is highly specialised in the life sciences sector and offers a broad range of services with notable expertise in regulatory law."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Rodrigo Correia da Silva is described by market commentators as "an excellent and very practical lawyer" and is respected for extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector. He is additionally recognised in the market for his strong focus on governmental affairs, compliance and anti-corruption matters.

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Dannemann Siemsen - Life Sciences

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm with an active life sciences practice and a solid reputation for its very strong focus on pharmaceutical patents. Regularly advises clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and food sectors in relation to market competition, product approval and product development regulatory matters before entities such as ANVISA, MAPA and INMETRO.

Clients observe: "The firm has excellent legal knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector and frequently provides us with complex legal opinions."

Work highlights Advised AbbVie on measures to protect its interests regarding one of its drugs, Humira, by conducting a multidisciplinary analysis of scattered data in order to identify potential applications and regulatory approval for biosimilar drugs.

Significant clients Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Shire, Gilead.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Gustavo de Freitas Morais specialises in IP related to the life sciences area and is well equipped to advise on sector-related administrative and judicial litigation, product licensing and regulatory issues. Clients describe him as "a professional with excellent legal knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and a business-oriented mindset who is able to translate highly technical issues into a business-friendly language."

Department profile by Dannemann Siemsen

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Fialdini Einsfeld Advogados - Life Sciences

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Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pedro Fialdini and Alexandre Einsfeld
- 3 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected boutique with an established litigation practice. Particularly active representing clients in public civil actions and other judicial proceedings relating to clinical trials, public tenders, pricing regulations and the commercialisation of pharmaceutical products. Additionally provides clients with preventative advice on regulatory issues.

Strengths Clients note: "The team offers us a strong knowledge of the life sciences industry, flawless technical ability, great client service, constant availability and a valuable sense of urgency."

Work highlights Successfully defended BioMarin before the São Paulo State Court on a public civil action seeking that companies performing clinical trials be held responsible for the eternal and free supply of the medication supplied to the participants of the trial.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sanofi.

Notable practitioners

Name partner Pedro Fialdini has significant experience advising clients from the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and energy sectors on complex litigation mandates involving regulatory and IP law. Clients report: "During a highly complex pharmaceutical litigation, he showed a valuable sense of urgency and a great deal of energy in defending our interests."

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TozziniFreire Advogados - Life Sciences

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo
- 11 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a capable team with notable experience advising clients on distribution and manufacturing agreements and the regulatory and tax implications of equity interest sales, joint ventures and M&A. Also regularly provides advice in relation to clinical trials. Takeda is a new client.

Strengths Market commentators offer: "The firm's strength lies in its significant experience in this sector and ability to serve as a 'one-stop shop' to guide us on several legal, regulatory and contractual issues."

Work highlights Advised Halex Istar on its acquisition of 100% of Isofarma Industrial Farmacêutica.

Significant clients Torrent do Brasil, STADA Arzneimittel, União Química, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Colgate-Palmolive.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo has a strong track record in life sciences-related commercial agreements, regulatory matters and M&A transactions. She frequently assists clients with licensing and operating issues, product registration before the regulatory authorities, recall proceedings and clinical trials. Sources praise her as "an excellent and highly capable M&A lawyer who is also a specialist in life science issues."

Department profile by TozziniFreire Advogados

The work developed by TozziniFreire’s Life Sciences and Healthcare group covers industry sectors as diverse as healthcare; pharmaceutical ingredients; drugs; medical devices; cosmetics; health and personal hygiene products; food; and agrichemicals and fertilizers. The team is widely experienced in working with regulatory agencies, including the Brazilian Sanitation Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária - Anvisa) and the Ministry of Agriculture (Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento – Mapa). The services provided by our group include a wide variety of matters, such as mergers and acquisitions; advice on foreign investment and regulatory issues involving company licensing; product registration; import and export; product liability and recall; negotiation and drafting of distribution contracts; clinical research; Productive Development Partnerships (Parcerias para o Desenvolvimento Produtivo - PDPs); Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the healthcare area; intellectual property matters; and administrative and judicial proceedings involving sanitation authorities.

The firm assists both domestic and foreign companies, insuring not only a high level of technical know-how but also deep knowledge of players in the industries mentioned above.

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To help our clients respond faster and more effectively to the increasing business opportunities between Brazil and both key existing trade partners and specific fast-growing economies, our firm pioneered the creation of foreign desks in Latin America, composed of professionals dedicated to these major trade and investment destinations. Starting with our Asian initiative (comprising our China, Korea and Japan desks) and fast developing towards other markets (German-speaking countries and Latin America), these unique knowledge centers are staffed with professionals familiar with the culture, legal and business practices of each region, and who are charged with keeping up-to-date with bilateral trade relations developments between Brazil and those countries.



Vicente Nogueira Advogados - Life Sciences

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

What the team is known for Established practice with a long-standing presence in the field, highlighted in the market for its focus on public law litigation and defending clients in relation to product registry matters.

Strengths Market sources admire the firm's strong background in the field, describing it as "pioneer in the market" and "a very traditional firm," as well as "one of the first firms in this area."

Notable practitioners

Vicente Nogueira focuses his practice on health, IP, administrative and competition law. He is also singled out for his credibility with government agencies in administrative processes and his experience defending clients in registry matters. Interviewees say: "He has been working in the life sciences sector for over 30 years and is a pioneer in this field," adding: "He remains a reference in this market."

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Vicente Nogueira Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Vicente Nogueira focuses his practice on health, IP, administrative and competition law. He is also singled out for his credibility with government agencies in administrative processes and his experience defending clients in registry matters. Interviewees say: "He has been working in the life sciences sector for over 30 years and is a pioneer in this field," adding: "He remains a reference in this market."

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Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Deeply respected founding partner Beatriz Kestener is a leading name in the market for her long-standing life sciences practice focused on the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. She has experience assisting clients with the setting up of operations in Brazil, product liability issues and drug recalls. Clients report: "She stands out for her expertise in the life sciences sector and her deep knowledge of the regulations and developments taking place within the pharmaceutical industry." They add: "She has an incredible legal knowledge of the sector and advises me on my most strategic issues." 

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Angela Fan Chi Kung

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Angela Fan Chi Kung expertly advises clients on compliance and regulatory issues related to the food, drug and medical devices sectors. She is additionally noted for her extensive knowledge of clinical trials, technology transfer agreements and IP issues. Market sources praise her as "one of the best life sciences practitioners in Brazil, with a fantastic knowledge of regulatory law." They add: "She is a great lawyer with a truly excellent practice."

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Rodrigo Correia da Silva

Correia da Silva Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Rodrigo Correia da Silva is described by market commentators as "an excellent and very practical lawyer" and is respected for extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector. He is additionally recognised in the market for his strong focus on governmental affairs, compliance and anti-corruption matters.

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Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo

TozziniFreire Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Elysangela de Oliveira Rabelo has a strong track record in life sciences-related commercial agreements, regulatory matters and M&A transactions. She frequently assists clients with licensing and operating issues, product registration before the regulatory authorities, recall proceedings and clinical trials. Sources praise her as "an excellent and highly capable M&A lawyer who is also a specialist in life science issues."

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Marcos Lobo De Freitas Levy

A. Lopes Muniz

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Marcos Lobo De Freitas Levy is well regarded for his experience advising on regulatory issues related to the pharmaceutical, food supplements and medical devices sectors. He specialises in clinical studies, the licensing and advertising of products, supply and distribution agreements, and biotechnology regulations. Clients observe: "He draws on his deep legal knowledge and broad-ranging understanding of the pharmaceutical sector to handle our most complex mandates." They add: "He possesses an absolutely amazing knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry."

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Fialdini Einsfeld Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Name partner Pedro Fialdini has significant experience advising clients from the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and energy sectors on complex litigation mandates involving regulatory and IP law. Clients report: "During a highly complex pharmaceutical litigation, he showed a valuable sense of urgency and a great deal of energy in defending our interests."

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Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados

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Partner Rubens Granja is well regarded for his robust academic profile and specialises in regulatory law, product liability and tort litigation. Clients describe him as "an excellent and highly knowledgeable lawyer who provides us with great client service. So fully integrated is he within our company that we feel he is now a part of our team." They add: "He truly understands the regulations which govern the life sciences market."

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Licks Attorneys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Founding partner Otto Licks is well known as a litigation specialist who has over 20 years' experience advising clients from the telecommunications, medical devices and information technology sectors in both IP and life sciences issues. He counsels on regulatory compliance, international patent issues and working before the regulatory agencies. Market sources describe him as "a leading lawyer for both patent and regulatory issues" and "a very combative litigator."

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ZCBS - Zancaner Costa, Bastos & Spiewak

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Benny Spiewak of ZCBS - Zancaner Costa, Bastos & Spiewak focuses on IP, compliance and regulatory issues related to the life sciences sector. Interviewees describe him as "an expert in intellectual property law who remains active in the life sciences sector."

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Gustavo de Freitas Morais

Dannemann Siemsen

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Gustavo de Freitas Morais specialises in IP related to the life sciences area and is well equipped to advise on sector-related administrative and judicial litigation, product licensing and regulatory issues. Clients describe him as "a professional with excellent legal knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and a business-oriented mindset who is able to translate highly technical issues into a business-friendly language." 

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Patricia Fukuma Jannini

Fukuma Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Patricia Fukuma Jannini of Fukuma Advogados is well known for her expertise in sanitary, regulatory and consumer law issues related to the food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She has considerable experience with product registration and licensing matters, drug recall proceedings and sector-related administrative and judicial lawsuits.

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Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property

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Head of department Anderson Ribeiro of Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property regularly advises major names from the pharmaceutical, food and beverages, cosmetics and medical devices industries on supply and distribution agreements, product licensing and regulatory issues related to the life sciences sector. He is also active in compliance and IP mandates related to this sector. Clients report: "He knows exactly how ANVISA works and is an expert in the life sciences sector who really makes the difference for us."

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Up and Coming

Licks Attorneys

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Eduardo Hallack is described by clients as "a very bright lawyer with a great understanding of business and knowledge of life sciences-related legislation." He has extensive experience in complex disputes and assisting multinationals with technology transfer agreements, pharmaceutical importing and litigation before the regulatory agencies.

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Up and Coming

Camila Martino Parise

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Counsel Camila Martino Parise is described by market sources as "a highly knowledgeable" and "dedicated lawyer" who is regularly involved in life science cases related to regulatory law, product registration and pricing strategies. Clients note: "She has notable expertise of the healthcare and medical devices sectors and remained available to us throughout the sale of our company."

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Associates to watch

Marco Aurélio Torronteguy

Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Marco Aurélio Torronteguy frequently assists domestic and international clients with life sciences issues related to food and drug products. He regularly advises major names from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and medical devices industries on drug recall procedures and clinical trial regulations. Interviewees consider him "an active and well-known life sciences practitioner."

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